35 things you should never, ever do at a restaurant
Hospitality software company Fourth has documented the top 35 restaurant faux pas, and it feels to us like some are a lot more inexcusable than others.
Not leaving a tip? Fine, there’s a good chance you’re Mr Pink. But asking if something is gluten or dairy free?
Guess it’s better to stay silent and have a reaction to food you can’t eat, rather than committing a faux pas. Apparently.
The list seems to be half common sense and half ‘haha you commoners don’t know proper fine dining etiquette’ but hey, what do we know?
I mean we only found out this week that ‘napkin’ is posh and ‘serviette’ is working class, so don’t listen to us.
Anyway, here’s the list.
If you’ve done all 35 of these then you’re probably a bad person, but if you’ve never done a single one that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in the clear.
1. Clicking your fingers for the waiter’s attention – yeah, fair enough here, stop it
2. Talking with your mouth full – bad in private, let alone in public
3. Being too loud and raucous – bit vague, innit?
4. Wiping hands on the tablecloth – I mean yeah, fine, but there are bigger issues at hand
5. Blowing your nose in a napkin – it could just be an innocent mistake
6. Letting children come and go as they please from the table – ban children altogether, surely
7. Licking a knife – fair enough
8. Letting children listen to videos on a phone – see #6
9. Texting at the table – what about texting your French mate to find out what one of those fancy menu items is?
10. Answering / making a phone call – why not go one further. Don’t even speak to the other people at your table
11. Letting your children play with cutlery and condiments – again, see #6
12. Touching up make-up at the table – there are worse crimes, surely
13. Asking for a toothpick and removing food from your teeth at the table – better to hide under the table and pretend it’s a fort and remove the food there
14. Placing your phone on the table next to you – fair enough, are the two seconds from pocket to table really going to make that much of a difference
15. Not leaving a tip – yeah, we’ve been over this
16. Blowing on hot food too loudly – or at all, really
17. Taking a picture of your meal – hey, that Klout score won’t maintain itself
18. Not sharing a ‘sharing platter’ and eating more than your fair share – ban sharing full stop
19. Asking for ketchup / mayo in a fine dining restaurant – that’s Mr President to you
20. Flirting with the waiter / waitress – they’re at work, that’s not cool
21. Tucking your napkin in your collar – people do this?
22. Holding a knife like a pencil – I see you’ve played knifey-pencilly before
23. Scooping out the ice from your drink with your fingers – not just rude but stupid
24. Holding a knife and fork in the wrong hands – ban left-handed people from restaurants, I reckon. It’s probably for the best
25. Paying your EXACT share when splitting the bill – refusing to pay AED250 when you’ve just had a starter: fine. Haggling between AED103 and AED108: come on
26. Going outside to smoke – surely that’s polite
27. Pouring your drink into the wrong glass – how can that annoy anyone but the person actually drinking it?
28. Downing a drink as soon as it arrives – especially if it’s a black coffee
29. Using the wrong cutlery for the course – a fork’s a fork, surely?
30. Making a signing gesture for the bill – make a chip and pin gesture, obviously
31. Moving around chairs and tables to accommodate your party – yeah, don’t do this
32. Ordering a fussy meal (no chips, no dressing etc.) – how dare people have personal preferences
33. Mispronouncing the name of a dish – haha, get a load of this guy, they’re called McNuggets not Nuggets
34. Asking for a knife and fork because you can’t use chopsticks – why not just dip your whole face into the bowl
35. Asking if a meal is vegan, dairy free, gluten free etc – should we all just have an allergic reaction and get on with our lives. Why are people so picky, eh?
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